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Roethlisberger’s foundation will donate four bulletproof vests for the dogs, who are trained to detect explosives, among their other duties, the Washington Examiner reported.

“The grant funds will provide our dogs with vests that protect them from attacks with firearms and knifes while engaged in their duties,” Sheriff Darren Popkin told the Examiner.

Why dogs? It isn’t just an anti-Vick thing.

“My dad instilled in me a love and respect for animals,” Roethlisberger said in a statement on his foundation’s website.

“This is a good way to combine that passion with a desire to support the police and fire departments, which deserve all the appropriate resources needed to protect our cities and neighborhoods, and allow these brave men and women to arrive home safely.”

The Steelers open the season Sunday with a game against the Ravens in Baltimore.